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Re: Nanoracks
« Reply #40 on: 02/28/2014 10:25 PM »
Congrats to the NanoRacks team for successfully completing those deployments today!

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Re: Nanoracks
« Reply #41 on: 02/28/2014 10:39 PM »
And there go the Lithuanian satellites.


http://www.nasa.gov/content/nanoracks-cubesats-are-deployed-3/#.UxEeTc44Ouk

NanoRacks CubeSats are Deployed
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Re: Nanoracks
« Reply #42 on: 02/28/2014 10:44 PM »
Tackling tumors with space station research

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2014-02/nsc-ttw022814.php

In space, things don't always behave the way we expect them to. In the case of cancer, researchers have found that this is a good thing: some tumors seem to be much less aggressive in the microgravity environment of space compared to their behavior on Earth. This observation, reported in research published in February by the FASEB Journal, could help scientists understand the mechanism involved and develop drugs targeting tumors that don't respond to current treatments. This work is the latest in a large body of evidence on how space exploration benefits those of us on Earth.

Research in the weightlessness of space offers unique insight into genetic and cellular processes that simply can't be duplicated on Earth, even in simulated microgravity. "Microgravity can be approximated on Earth, but we know from the literature that simulated microgravity isn't the same as the real thing," says Daniela Gabriele Grimm, M.D., a researcher with the Department of Biomedicine, Pharmacology at Aarhus University in Aarhus, Denmark, and an author of the FASEB paper.

True weightlessness affects human cells in a number of ways. For one thing, cells grown in space arrange themselves into three-dimensional groupings, or aggregates, that more closely resemble what happens in the body. "Without gravitational pull, cells form three-dimensional aggregates, or spheroids," Grimm explains. "Spheroids from cancer cells share many similarities with metastases, the cancer cells which spread throughout the body." Determining the molecular mechanisms behind spheroid formation might therefore improve our understanding of how cancer spreads.

The FASEB paper resulted from an investigation in the Science in Microgravity Box (SIMBOX) facility aboard Shenzhou-8, launched in 2011. Cells grown in space and in simulated microgravity on the ground were analyzed for changes in gene expression and secretion profiles, with the results suggesting decreased expression of genes that indicate high malignancy in cancer cells.

The work was funded by a grant from the German Space Life Sciences program, managed by the German space agency, DLR, in collaboration with Chinese partners.

Grimm and her colleagues are following up with additional research, a Nanoracks Cellbox investigation called "Effect of microgravity on human thyroid carcinoma cells," scheduled to launch in March on SpaceX's third commercial resupply mission to the International Space Station. Another follow-up investigation, "Spheroids," is planned in 2015. The overall goal is to find as many genes and proteins as possible that are affected by microgravity and to identify the cellular activities they influence. Researchers can then use this information to develop new strategies for cancer research.
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Re: Nanoracks
« Reply #43 on: 03/03/2014 11:40 PM »
NanoRacks’ Hardware Successfully Deploys Historic Set of Satellites from the International Space Station

http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/03/prweb11633858.htm

 NanoRacks LLC announces the successful completion of an ambitious launch program for small satellites and in so doing has broken the record of the most CubeSats deployed in a single mission to the International Space Station.

NanoRacks, working with NASA, the Japanese space agency JAXA and their astronauts, has successfully deployed from the KIBO module on space station the constellation of the California-based Planet Labs, whose 28 satellites are the largest ever CubeSat constellation. Also deployed were CubeSats for new space-faring nations, the UAPSat-1 from Peru, LitSat-1, and LituanicaSat-1 from Lithuania, along with commercial ventures, the ArduSat-2 from NanoSatisfi and SkyCube from Southern Stars.

The ground-breaking deployment for NanoRacks CubeSat Mission 3 (NR M3) of a total of 33 satellites has opened a new chapter in the utilization of the International Space Station and demonstrates the station as key to the new revolution in small satellites. NR-M3 was transported on Orbital Sciences Mission 1 to the US National Lab segment of the ISS and staged from the Japanese Experiment Module (JEM).

The NanoRacks CubeSat Deployment System was commercially developed from concept to launch in under ten months. NanoRacks rapid space-access service will again deliver CubeSats to the ISS scheduled on Orbital Sciences Mission 2 in May 2014.

“We could not be more excited ” comments NanoRacks CEO Jeffrey Manber.. “The taxpayer did not foot the bill for our hardware, nor for our services, nor for the small satellites. This is true commercial/government partnership in action.”

Chief Technology Officer Mike Johnson expressed thanks to JAXA Astronaut Koichi Wakata, who worked, even on his time off, to finish the mission. And so too the ground support from JAXA and NASA, as well as Spaceflight Services, our marketing partner. “The space station is an ideal launch pad for a new era of low-cost research and utilization missions. This is good for everyone.”

ABOUT NANORACKS:

NanoRacks LLC was formed in 2009 to provide commercial hardware and services for the U.S. National Laboratory onboard the International Space Station. The Company is unique in owning and marketing its own family of hardware, both inside and external to the space station and operates via a Space Act Agreement with NASA’s U.S. National Lab. To date over 150 payloads have been deployed on space station and the current signed customer pipeline of over 50 payloads including domestic and international educational institutions, research organizations and government organizations, has propelled NanoRacks into a leadership position in servicing the emerging commercial market for low-earth orbit utilization and beyond.

For additional information about NanoRacks, visit their website at http://www.nanoracks.com.

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Re: Nanoracks
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Re: Nanoracks
« Reply #45 on: 10/22/2014 02:33 PM »
http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/pentons-aviation-week-announces-finalists-of-58th-annual-laureate-awards-honoring-outstanding-achievements-in-aviation-aerospace--defense-154165408.html

Penton's Aviation Week Announces Finalists of 58th Annual Laureate Awards, Honoring Outstanding Achievements in Aviation, Aerospace & Defense

Space

    European Space Agency, for the Rosetta mission to rendezvous with and enter orbit around a comet for the first time.
    European Union, for launch of the first dedicated satellite for the Copernicus Earth observation and environmental monitoring mission.
    Indian Space Research Organization, for reaching Mars on its first attempt with the Mars Orbiter Mission, at a fraction of the cost of previous missions.
    NanoRacks CEO Jeff Manber, for turning a commercial toehold on the International Space Station into a growing business.

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Re: Nanoracks
« Reply #46 on: 04/11/2015 05:48 PM »
http://www.sst-us.com/news-and-events/2015-news/pr_2015_04_feathercraft_aerojetnanoracks

Surrey Satellite US Joins Aerojet Rocketdyne and NanoRacks for FeatherCraft Development

Colorado-based Surrey Satellite Technology US LLC (SST-US) today announced its collaboration with Aerojet Rocketdyne, Inc. and NanoRacks LLC on the development of the FeatherCraft platform, a 100-kilogram-class satellite platform optimized for deployment from the International Space Station (ISS).
 
The 100-kilogram, SST-US-designed FeatherCraft platform is intended to exploit the full capabilities of the ISS cargo resupply vessels and the NanoRacks Kaber deployment system aboard the ISS. Aerojet Rocketdyne’s electronic propulsion system permits handling of FeatherCraft as the ISS astronauts position it on the Kaber deployer for deployment into orbit. With a mission lifetime of five years, FeatherCraft will provide a low-risk, cost-effective satellite platform that can accommodate payloads with requirements of up to 45 kilograms and 50 watts.
 
The development of FeatherCraft leverages the significant experience of the team members: Surrey Satellite’s extensive heritage of small satellite design, development, and operation spanning over 30 years through the manufacture and deployment of 43 satellite programs; Aerojet Rocketdyne’s proven track record in the design, development, and manufacture of state-of-the-art propulsion and structural subsystems; and NanoRacks’ unique experience in the planning, logistics, and operations of launch services from the International Space Station.
 

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Re: Nanoracks
« Reply #47 on: 09/27/2016 02:22 PM »
http://nanoracks.com/larger-cubesat-standard-for-iss-deployment/
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NanoRacks Announces 6U and 12U CubeSats for ISS Deployment

Guadalajara, MX, September 27, 2016–NanoRacks is pleased to announce that starting early 2017, customers will be able to utilize the International Space Station a new CubeSat deployer that accommodates additional industry standards. This announcement comes after a successful deployment cycle of eight Planet Labs Doves (2e’) CubeSats two weeks ago from the Space Station.

NanoRacks will utilize a 12U CubeSat standard offering maximum utilization of the Company’s commercial ISS deployment opportunities. The deployer will house two 6U CubeSats in the 2x3U Planetary Systems Corporation (PSC) form factor, or one 12U CubeSat in the never before offered 2x6U form factor.

Both the 6U and 12U are open for business. The 12U configuration is first planned for launch in early 2017.

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Re: Nanoracks
« Reply #48 on: 04/05/2017 01:34 PM »
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Flying Through Our First 7 Years

April 5, 2017 //

(Photo: NanoRacks Houston Team 2017)

Our first 7 years have flown by at NanoRacks. Today, we celebrate the seventh anniversary of our first platform ever flown to the International Space Station- the NanoRacks Frame-1 launched on STS-131.

What started as a technology company operating from a friend’s Houston garage has manifested into one of the world’s leading provider of commercial access to space. We at NanoRacks are proud to continue building on our same mission from day one: democratizing access to space.

Our journey began with our first two research platforms- NanoRacks Frame 1 and 2, and the customers quickly followed. We then added MixStix for basic research, and then grew to launch our Plate Reader and Centrifuge for advanced science applications. We then built the NanoRacks External Platform – the first-ever commercial gateway to the extreme space environment.

Next came our biggest market success, which leverages one of the original intents of the International Space Station: Satellite deployment. Today, we operate as the leading provider for CubeSat deployment from the International Space Station having deployed over 150 CubeSats to date. This is a major accomplishment for the whole team at NanoRacks as our satellite program has shown a vital role for space stations in a maturing market. We are proud of our role in facilitating the growth and development of at least four startup companies, including Planet Labs, Spire, NanoAvionics, and GomSpace- all who started with their first CubeSats via NanoRacks. And now there is a core business of organizations seeking to utilize the unique advantages of a space station deployment. Whether “Stash and Deploy” – where the customer picks the time of deployment for satellite stored on station, to launching complex satellites in the gentle environment of station cargo ships, or for the development of a greater sophistication in on-orbit manufacturing

As always, the NanoRack’s hardware has been funded by our investors, with no funding from the U.S. Government. What’s more, we have uniquely worked ways to “pay-back” NASA for use of on-station resources, thereby pushing public –private partnerships to commercial levels previously unseen in the space station community.

Today, we not only celebrate our past, but also our future. We are investing the future of commercial space exploration. We’re partnering across the industry – from payload integration with our friends at Blue Origin to building the NanoRacks Airlock Module with Boeing Aerospace, we’re paving the way for U.S. industry leadership to the stars and back.

We look forward to developing our Ixion concept throughout 2017 with our partners at Space Systems Loral using the Atlas V launch vehicle Ixion utilizes an original NASA idea from Wernher von Braun – reuse, and repurpose, the upper stages of launch vehicles. We’re maximizing each part of the launch vehicle and changing the way we think about hardware in space: there’s no need to burn everything after one use.

We’re also investing in technology to increase efficiency and decrease dependence on launch- from the “Stash and Deploy” concept to on-orbit manufacturing from commercial platforms, we’re making sure NanoRacks is at the front lines for all of our customers’ in-space needs.

It hasn’t been easy. Our decision to launch new companies, such as our educational sister company “DreamUp,” perplexes those looking for a one-shot effort. However, DreamUp is already the number one in-space education company. It is our goal to build a family of companies that meet the in-space needs of our growing customer base, whether in low-earth orbit, cis-lunar or on to Mars. With customers from more than 25 nations, ranging from high schools to space agencies, from corporations to universities, we are doing something right!

My personal goal is to have us involved with numerous commercial platforms and space stations, with crew and without, in differing orbits and locations, in the nearest future. Wouldn’t that be cool?

No one can be sure what exactly the next seven years will hold, but they can be sure that NanoRacks will be there opening the doors to space each and every day.

Thank you to all of our customers who have made running our business possible, and our friends at NASA who continue to allow us to leverage existing government hardware and services to help grow a new commercial market place.

We’ll see you in orbit—

Jeffrey Manber
CEO, NanoRacks

http://nanoracks.com/flying-through-our-first-7-years/

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Re: Nanoracks
« Reply #49 on: 06/12/2017 12:39 PM »
http://nanoracks.com/nextstep-contract-for-commercial-habitat-concept/
New Chapter Opens for Commercial Space: NanoRacks and NASA Sign NextSTEP Contract for Commercial Habitat Concept Study

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Re: Nanoracks
« Reply #50 on: 08/24/2017 05:40 AM »
http://nanoracks.com/over-30-payloads-to-iss/

NanoRacks Brings Over 30 Payloads to ISS, Including Landmark Kaber Satellite and First-Ever Boy Scouts of America Experiment

Houston, TX – August 16, 2017 – SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft successfully berthed to the International Space Station (ISS) on Wednesday after their twelfth commercial resupply (CRS) mission launched from Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39A in Cape Canaveral, Florida. The CRS-12 Dragon carried 32 of NanoRacks’ customer payloads to the ISS.

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Re: Nanoracks
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Re: Nanoracks
« Reply #52 on: 11/17/2017 09:08 PM »
Mods: not sure if this should have a better home, but:

I spent this morning at NanoRacks HQ in Houston, and their airlock is confirmed to be manifested on SpaceX CRS-19. Saw the FPIP graphic and all.

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Re: Nanoracks
« Reply #53 on: 04/05/2018 02:46 AM »
NanoRacks Brings Groundbreaking Satellite, Biological Research to International Space Station on SpaceX CRS-14

Cape  Canaveral, Florida – April 4, 2018 –  NanoRacks, the leading provider for commercial access to low-Earth orbit, has brought yet another unique payload mission to the International Space Station. Carrying a professional protein crystal experiment, college-level biological research, and a debris capturing microsatellite (MicroSat), this mission continues to push the boundaries of commercial opportunities on the International Space Station.

The SpaceX CRS-14 Dragon was successfully installed on the Harmony Module of the International Space Station at 9:00 EDT this morning.
 
NanoRacks third flagship MicroSat mission is the RemoveDebris satellite from The University of Surrey/Surrey Space Centre. The RemoveDebris satellite is planned to be deployed from the NanoRacks Kaber Deployer (Kaber). NanoRacks created the Kaber system to accommodate the increasing customer demand for commercial opportunities to deploy MicroSats from the Space Station. Kaber offers deployments for satellites up to 100 kilograms.
 
RemoveDebris is a low-cost mission funded jointly by the European Commission (EU) and 10 partners. Surrey Space Centre (University of Surrey) leads the consortium. The consortium consists of: Airbus, Ariane Group (France); Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (United Kingdom), Innovative Solutions In Space (Netherlands); CSEM (Switzerland); Inria (France); Stellenbosch University (South Africa).
 
Once deployed, RemoveDebris will deploy two CubeSats as artificial debris targets to demonstrate some of the technologies being discussed for orbital debris removal. These technologies include: net capture, harpoon capture, vision-based navigation, and “dragsail de-orbitation.”
 
The United Kingdom Science Minister, Sam Gyimah, said in a recent University of Surrey press release: “Space debris is a growing concern so it’s great to see a British university and our innovative space sector leading the way in the search for solutions. It is also a fantastic example of the unique expertise found in the UK’s growing space sector and the value that it adds to international projects.”
 
Additionally on this mission is the Real Time Protein Crystal Growth (Ream Time PCG) experiment which seeks to demonstrate the feasibility of conducting protein crystal growth experiment in live time on the Space Station. The astronaut crew is scheduled to add solution to the hardware, observe the crystals that form, and then adjust as necessary for follow on experiments. This approach gives scientists the ability to optimize crystal growth in microgravity instead of losing time on sample return to the Earth and re-launch.
 
Real Time PCG, a project led by Barrios Technology, features NanoRacks as the implementer, and it will utilize the NanoRacks Microscope on orbit.
 
Lastly, the Calumet College of St. Joseph will be running an experiment studying the proteins behind Alzheimer’s disease. The experiment will examine fibril formation and beta amyloid peptides using a fluorescence spectrometer. The beta amyloid peptides are behind the breakdown of brain cells, effecting how quickly Alzheimer’s disease advances. This experiment is the second of two projects selected through the Center of Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) National Design Challenge.
 
“These are two significant research experiments,” says NanoRacks Senior Internal Payloads Manager, Mary Murphy. “To run these projects, we’re utilizing our Frame 2B, as well as our microscope. These are pieces of hardware that mimic how scientists conduct research on the ground, making it as simple as one can make it to conduct similar research in microgravity. We look forward to seeing the results of both the protein crystals and the Alzheimer’s proteins.”





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« Reply #54 on: 04/17/2018 02:50 PM »
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NanoRacks Commercial Space Station Airlock “Bishop” Completes Critical Design Review, Moves to Fabrication

April 17, 2018 – Colorado Springs, Colorado – The NanoRacks Space Station Airlock Module “Bishop” met another major milestone with completion of the Critical Design Review (CDR) on March 20 and 21, 2018 in Houston, Texas.  This milestone begins the transition from the engineering design phase to the fabrication phase.  Detailed design drawings such as those for the critical pressure shell will be signed and released to NanoRacks fabrication partner, Thales Alenia Space, in order for them to continue their fabrication efforts.

In February 2018, NanoRacks announced that Thales Alenia Space, the joint venture between Thales (67%) and Leonardo (33%), was chosen as the latest partner in its commercial airlock program, joining with a number of key partners, including Boeing.

Thales Alenia Space is set to produce and test the critical pressure shell for the NanoRacks Airlock Module and will also manufacture various secondary structures, including the Micrometeoroid Orbital Debris (MMOD) shields with Multi-Layer Isolation (MLI) panels, the power and video grapple fixture support structure and other structural components.

Other key features, such as the Passive Common Berthing Mechanism (PCBM), being manufactured by Boeing, require a long lead time and have been in production for over a year now. The PCBM will be delivered to Thales Alenia Space in May 2018 and will then be installed to the pressure shell.

“I’m very proud of the NanoRacks engineering team and our partner, ATA Engineering, who performs the structural and thermal analysis for Bishop,” says Airlock Project Manager Brock Howe. “This is a crucial milestone that required many long hours, and the team has been working together very smoothly. We’re also very appreciative of our relationship with NASA and the International Space Station Program Office, as they have provided guidance and expertise in several critical areas. As always, there is plenty of work still to do – and we will continue to push forward.”

The next major milestone is the Phase II Safety Review scheduled for June 2018.  The project is still on track to meet the SpaceX CRS-19 launch, targeting fourth quarter 2019.

Download the press release pdf.

For additional media inquiries, please email Abby Dickes at [email protected]

For continued updates, be sure to follow @NanoRacks on Twitter.

http://nanoracks.com/airlock-bishop-completes-critical-design-review/

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Re: Nanoracks
« Reply #55 on: 04/18/2018 06:26 AM »
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NanoRacks Commercial Space Station Airlock “Bishop” Completes Critical Design Review, Moves to Fabrication
http://nanoracks.com/airlock-bishop-completes-critical-design-review/

The Bishop Airlock is being discussed in the ISS section: https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=36955.0
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